Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

Working on an upgrade soon.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes services and offers



Established 1995 serves and documents relentless the festivals community, offering 92.000 articles of news, free blog profiles and functions to enable festival matchmaking with filmmakers.


Share your news with us at to be featured.  SUBSCRIBE to the e-newsletter.  

MEET YOUR EDITOR Bruno Chatelin - Check some of his interviews. Board Member of many filmfestivals and regular partner of a few key film events such as Cannes Market, AFM, Venice Production Bridge, Tallinn Industry and Festival...Check our recent partners.  

The news in French I English This content and related intellectual property cannot be reproduced without prior consent.


Karlovy 2008 Remains Faithful to Tradition of Rewarding Unknowns

A star studded jury confronted with a slate of second rate films in the international competition section (par for the course at Karlovy Vary because more important festivals gobble up the better films) had to sweat it out for five hours before arriving at their decisions on the main awards. The Grand jury composed of such luminaries as British actress Brenda Blethyn, Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing), ace Hungarian-American camerman Vilmos Zsigmond, and presided over by Czech-American director Ivan Passer (who fled Communist Czechoslovakia in the sixties along with Milos Forman) presented a register of names far better known to film professionals than the eventual prize winners.

A little known Danish director, Henrik Ruben Genz, walked off with the Grand Prix (Crystal Globe),
worth 20,000 dollars cash for a surrealistic semi-Western police picture entitled "Frygtelig Lykkelig" (Terribly Happy), and a Special Jury Prize worth 29,000 dollars went to the Indonesian entry "The Photograph" by femme director Nam Triveni Nachas (Euchemenical award as well). The best director prize was awarded to Russian director Alexei Uchitel for his Chechen war story "The Captive" and the best actor and best actress awards were both bestowed upon two young Czech thespians, Jiří Madl and Martha Issová, for their teamwork in a rather pedestrian Czech coming-of-age story entitled "Děti Noci" (Children of the Night or "Night Owls") by distaff director Michaela Pavlátová. A far more interesting Czech film, "The Karamazovs", which is a semi-documentary dealing with an alternate theater stage adaptation of the famous Dostoyevsky novel, directed by Peter Zelenka, was singled out for Special Mention along with another unconventional police story, the Hungarian film "A Nyomozo" (The Detective), directed by Attila Grigor. Sexy British actress Saffrron Burrows, a Karlovy favorite in recent years, turned in a strong performance as a beautiful young woman with a fatal disease in Amy Redford's "The Guitar", but was overlooked, probably because the film itself was rather flaccid.

In the "East of West" section, which showcases films from the former Soviet Bloc countries,"Tulpan", a multi-national co-production from Kazakhstan was awarded a $10,000 cash prize by a different jury, and
the international film critics (FIPRESCI) jury named "Karamazovs" as their Best Film. One thing Karlovy Vary has plenty of is juries, seven in all this year, to wit:
The Grand Jury (International competition), seven members; Documentary competition (5 members); Euchemenical (Catholic) jury, (three members); East of West competition (5 members);Independent camera (three members); European Cinema Label (4 members); FIPRESCI, 5 members) -- which comes to a total body count of thirty jurors dishing out a hodge-podge of value judgments! The festival could probably do with a few less jurors and a few more good films. However dull sessions in the dark are compensated for by a thriving social life in the lobbies, corridors, cafes, and terraces of the Thermal Hotel, the daily cocktail receptions by one film group or another and the general festive atmosphere all over town.
The weather this year was uncharacteristically wet and chilly cutting down on the swimming pool action and moved some of the normally outdoor festivities indoors.

With the Grand Jury president, Czech-born Ivan Passer, picking up a special career crystal globe for his "Outstanding artistic contribution to World Cinema" (along with DeNiro earlier, and Juraj Jakubisko, director of the new Czech historical blockbuster "Bathory"), plus the two best acting prizes for the young protagonists of the Czech film "Night Owls" and the prestigious FIPRESCI award going to the Czech film "Karamazovi", 2008 can be said to have been a banner year for home-grown local talent. The Chinese are probably hoping they will do as well in Beijing next month.

Alex Deleon, cooling it at the Globe bookstore in drizzly downtown Prague.
July 15, 2008


The Bulletin Board

> The Bulletin Board Blog
> Partner festivals calling now
> Call for Entry Channel
> Film Showcase
 The Best for Fests

Meet our Fest Partners 

Following News

Interview with EFM (Berlin) Director



Interview with IFTA Chairman (AFM)



Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director
 dailies live coverage from

> Live from India 
> Live from LA
Beyond Borders
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian

> Tallinn Black Nights 
> Red Sea International Film Festival

> Palm Springs Film Festival
> Kustendorf
> Rotterdam
> Sundance
Santa Barbara Film Festival SBIFF
> Berlin / EFM 
> Fantasporto
Houston WorldFest 
> Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Cannes / Marche du Film 



Useful links for the indies:

Big files transfer
> Celebrities / Headlines / News / Gossip
> Clients References
> Crowd Funding
> Deals

> Festivals Trailers Park
> Film Commissions 
> Film Schools
> Financing
> Independent Filmmaking
> Motion Picture Companies and Studios
> Movie Sites
> Movie Theatre Programs
> Music/Soundtracks 
> Posters and Collectibles
> Professional Resources
> Screenwriting
> Search Engines
> Self Distribution
> Search sites – Entertainment
> Short film
> Streaming Solutions
> Submit to festivals
> Videos, DVDs
> Web Magazines and TV


> Other resources

+ SUBSCRIBE to the weekly Newsletter
+ Connecting film to fest: Marketing & Promotion
Special offers and discounts
Festival Waiver service

User images

About Editor

Chatelin Bruno

The Editor's blog

Bruno Chatelin Interviewed

Be sure to update your festival listing and feed your profile to enjoy the promotion to our network and audience of 350.000.     




View my profile
Send me a message